Today's Daily Bruin gives us some insight into the rapidly changing UCLA Morgan Center position concerning student seatiing in the new Pauley.
The well written article by Samantha Schaefer tells us who raised the issue directly:
Concern about the student section was brought to the Tuesday Undergraduate Students Association Council meeting by Sean Wang, a graduate student in statistics who is involved with the Den.
Wang said students and other fans he talked to after Athletics announced the seating change were disappointed and angry, but he believes there was a muted student response because of a number of factors, including the buffer year before Pauley opens and the low number of die-hard Den members.
About 10 percent of the approximately 7,000 Den ticket holders responded to a survey sent by Athletics to gauge student feelings about the experience at UCLA sporting events.
A brief editorial comment here--Sean Wang you are True Blue.
After reiterating the now eroding Morgan Center position that sticking the kids behind the west basket is a great idea, the article sets forth the new views of Mark Harlan:
Harlan emphasized that nothing regarding the student section is set in stone, and if the advisory vote reflects that students are unhappy with the change, Athletics will continue to work with student leaders. He said the decision to change the seating was made based on student input about their experience at sporting events, not at all for financial reasons.
The only opposition from the Den, that's after the jump.
The article quotes the Den president and it is not pretty:
Den President Elan Bigknife said he is shocked that a vote to gauge student response to the change in seating was proposed, because students have not spoken up about their disappointment.
He added that he is concerned that students will be voting on the measure out of context, with the only information coming from the ballot. Athletics’ marketing targeted student ticket holders – those who are going to the games and therefore actually affected by the changes made to their seats, Bigknife said.
Mr. Bigknife, I am respectfully unpersuaded for the reasons spread all over this site. Let the students vote.
Last add. Solid journalism by Ms. Schaefer. She covered both sides. I wish she had done so in more depth and discussed the alumni response such as those views expressed on this site; but good work overall.